Downton Abbey Demoiselles cover LOVE Magazine

If you haven’t heard of The LOVE Magazine, you definitely need to enquire about it. Published by Conde Nast, it’s a UK based, bi annual edgy fashion pop piece of art.
Each issue publishes over 300 pages of gorgeous fashion photographs.
While perusing the internet, I came across previews of the next issue’s cover, which was just recently released.
Much to my surprise and delight, the Ladies of Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Laura Carmichael will each be featured on 3 different covers.
The timing is impeccable, since it was announced the other day that Dowton Abbey received 16 Emmy nominations, including The LOVE Magazine cover girl Michelle Dockery, for her portrayal as Lady Mary Crawley.
I am proud to say that Downton is one of my favorite shows, and I can’t wait for the Emmy’s in September.
But until then, I’ll be pleased to check out the upcoming issue of The LOVE Magazine…
I just ordered it!
xo
 

A Southern belle befriends the Upper East Side

Happy Monday!

I hope that you all had a marvelous weekend. Mine was filled with arranging my travel plans for going to the mountains for an extended weekend holiday.

In other news, as some of you might know, (that is, if you read my “About Me” section,) you would have learned how I’ve always wanted to fulfill my dream of becoming an actress. Well, I’ve actually been called in to interview for possible representation with an acting agent! I’m so thrilled to be given this generous opportunity! So I’ll be preparing for it in the next coming weeks.

Speaking of acting, one of my favorite TV characters just happens to be the oh so fabulous Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. While I was in New York, my friend and I had a mini photo shoot around the city, so I decided to share my favorite photographs from the shoot.

What do you guys think? Could you see me living in New York one day?

xo

New York City Adventure Part 3: A Day in the Live of Blair Waldorf

Once again, my friend and I took a couple of trains and arrived at Penn Station once again. Then we proceeded to hop onto the subway and head to Midtown Manhattan. First stop of the day: Times Square.

I believe that a great way to start off a bright and early Saturday morning is to head to the bright lights and sounds of Times Square. It’s so liberating.

Walking through Times Square, my friend and I proceeded to walk by Radio City Music Hall where apparently, an audition was taking place. Hundreds of tween and teen girls were lined up in their dancer apparel outside of the stage door. I wonder what it could’ve been for?

Shaking the thought and getting back to our walking tour, we cruised through to Rockefeller Plaza and took in the sites of NBC News and the beautiful display of the flags of the United Nations.

After a quick break, it was finally time to get some brunch! So we headed up to the beautiful Le Parker Meridian Hotel and stopped in for a big brunch at Norma’s, where we had a reservation.

Be warned, if you want to eat at Norma’s be prepared for a hefty price tag that is totally worth every penny! In a splurging mood, I had some of Norma’s infamous $9 freshly squeezed that morning orange juice. (I know what you might be thinking. How could she spend $9 on orange juice?!? Well there are free refills and it’s literally the best thing you will taste in your life.)

I then proceeded to order the most wonderful blueberry pancakes I’ve ever eaten. (Once again, it’s totally worth it.)

Apparently, according to my friend, Gossip Girl was taped around Norma’s and Le Parker Meridian. We were definitely in the right place.

After brunch, we headed up a couple of blocks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in my favorite part of the city: the Upper East Side.

For our Gossip Girl inspired day, we took a few pictures on the steps of the Met, and then checked out the Prada and Schiaparelli exhibit.

The exhibit was actually the focus of this year’s Met Gala, and was written up in the June/July issue of Vogue, which I had just finished reading about.

The details in the clothing and accessories are some of the best in the world, I can assure you. So if you’re ever in New York, I would definitely recommend checking it out.

After the exhibit, we bought a couple of souvenirs and then checked out some of the Greek and Roman architecture, some Picasso’s in the  Modern section, and then proceeded to take some more pictures on the steps of the Met entrance.

Heading up Madison Ave, we paid a visit to the Lilly Pulitzer store, which is beautifully designed.

Feeling peckish, we stopped in at Laduree for the world’s finest in macarons. I bought a beautiful gift box of 6 macarons.

Taking another break, we continued on to Central Park where we ate our macaroons and did some people watching in different areas of the park.

Close to dinnertime, we headed up to the Upper West Side of the city and got the best burgers and fries in the city at Shake Shack.

After ordering our food, we decided to eat in front of the American Museum of Natural History and relax.

Wanting a treat for later, we headed to Levain Bakery and bought some yummy cookies for later!

Then it was time to head back to New Jersey.

Relaxing after another wonderful day in the city, we turned on some more Downton Abbey and ate our Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies. Yum!

New York City Adventure Part 2: Downtown Day

Friday morning we rose bright and early to catch a couple of trains that took us to Penn Station. Once at Penn Station, we took the subway to the East Village. If you haven’t been to the East Village, you must check it out! Known for being the setting for the musical Rent, the East Village has become the countercultural hub of New York City while also becoming the home of the punk rock movement.

A perk of paying a visit to the East Village is that it’s not a big tourist definition so it is not as crowded as other areas in the city.

Upon arriving in the East Village, we paid a visit to Peels, an amazing “southern fusion” restaurant, to eat brunch. I ordered the Peels Biscuit and Gravy, which consisted of two toasted buttermilk biscuits topped with poached eggs and sausage gravy. It was delicious! Their biscuits were even featured on The Martha Stewart Show.

After brunch, we walked through the village and passed a mini photo shoot, where several models were photographed crossing a street dressed as goths. Only in New York!

Walking for a bit, my friend and I decided to stop in and pick up some treats at Momofuku Milk Bar on the corner of 13th Street and 2nd Avenue. I bought some cake truffles, which were so good!

Refueled for the afternoon, we took the subway to SoHo for some shopping. First on my list: TopShop. I was lucky and found two cute dresses. Word to the wise: if you show your student ID card, you’ll receive 10% off your purchase in store.

From TopShop, we headed down the street to American Apparal, Scoop NYC, Bloomingdales, Madewell, and Free People.

After some more window shopping at Chanel, we headed off toward the West Village/Greenwich Village to take in the beautiful residential areas which consisted of beautiful Brownstones and greenery.

Needing another break, we stopped in at The Milk and Cookies Bakery just south of Bleecker Street off 7th Avenue. I ordered a good old classic can-never-do-wrong chocolate chip cookie.

Once we finished up in Greenwich, we took the subway Downtown, where we were so close to the water, we felt a refreshing breeze.

After walking around for a bit, we took a break and checked out the beautiful garden in front of the National Museum of the American Indian. Behind me, I could see the back of the Merrill Lynch Bull.

Heading up the street, we stopped for a moment and checked out the construction of the Freedom Tower. It’ll be breathtakingly beautiful once completed.

Heading down Wall Street, once again, we felt a big peckish. (I’m beginning to see a pattern here.) So we turned on Stone Street and stopped in for some amazing gourmet pizza at Adrienne’s Pizza Bar. Once again, I stuck to my classics, and ordered pepperoni on my half of the pizza.

I would definitely recommend paying a visit to Stone Street. The cobbled street is filled with tons of restaurants, where many people frequent after work and sit outside under tables and umbrellas enjoying evening drinks with friends. The atmosphere is contagiously happy and relaxed, and the music of laughter and chatter fills the air.

Tired after a long productive day, we headed back to New Jersey, where we continued our Downton Abbey marathon.

What I wore: Bag: Fossil, Scarf: H&M, Shirt: Target, Shorts: Target, Shoes: Blowfish, Sunglasses: Target, Hat: Francesca’s Collection

Peels

Milk Bar

SoHo

The Garden

Freedom Tower

Adrienne’s Pizza Bar

Adrienne’s Pizza

Stone Street Atmosphere

New York City Adventure Part 1: Arriving in New Jersey

So I know that I mentioned that I was going on a trip to New York City, and I’m pleased to announce that I did!

It all started this past Thursday when I flew into Newark International Airport to meet my friend whom was hosting me for the duration of the trip. She actually lives in New Jersey, so we spent the day Thursday riding around The Garden State so that I could get better acquainted with the area.

After getting unpacked, we headed out to Westwood, New Jersey to pay a lunch visit to The Rolling Pin Cafe. It was the cutest cafe I’d ever been to! I ate a simple, but delicious, grilled cheese sandwich and drank Raspberry Iced Tea. Notedly, it felt weird for me to order iced tea since it’s in my DNA to order good old sweet tea here in the South.

However, the best part of lunch was dessert. The Rolling Pin Cafe has amazing scones! I ordered a blueberry scone with devonshire creme, and I was not disappointed.

After lunch, we drove around Bergen County and paid a visit to the local Anthropologie and Free People stores.

After resting for a bit, we visited some more shops and headed to another local cafe that specialized in both dinner and desert crepes. I started off with a mouthwatering ham and cheese crepe and then ended with a white chocolate filled crepe unlike any other.

Full and sleepy, we headed back to my friend’s house and spent the evening watching Season 1 of Downton Abbey.

What a great first day in the north!

Tea for Two?

Happy Tuesday!

I can’t believe the month of July is just over halfway over! Once again, I do apologize for having not written in a long time. I’ve just been busy soaking up the sweet days filled with summer sun and endless possibilities.

Speaking of endless summer possibilities and whims, I’ve been craving an Alice in Wonderland inspired tea party. Lewis Carroll’s remarkable tale has been an inspiration for many both young and old. It’s captured my heart for years so far, and for many more to come.

Well enough about that, as they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words, so here’s two pictures of what would inspire my dream whimsical tea party.

Do you think Alice would approve?

Beauty and the Beast

Happy Thursday! I’m so glad that the weekend is almost upon us. A week from today I’ll be in New York!

This past weekend, I had the privilege of going to see another broadway national tour. This time it was Beauty and the Beast. I consider it to be very special for me because it was the very first broadway show I ever saw at the ripe old age of 7. I was able to enjoy the beautiful theater architecture and sights of downtown Charlotte, which just added to all the fun.

I wore a simply LBD from Francesca’s Collection that had a beaded neckline, simple black kitten heels, and carried a black Coach cross-body bag.

Beauty and the Beast to me, is just one of those shows you can never get tired off. I love the beautiful score, classic tale, and gorgeous costumes and lighting. If you have time, I would definitely recommend seeing it!